The Parliamentary Secretariat for Reforms and Equality celebrated Father’s Day with a public discussion that served as a reflection on the realities and challenges that fathers face in these times.
Among the topics discussed was the need for constant growth in achieving a balance between work and family life, as well as the importance of the presence and active involvement of fathers in childcare.
Prejudices or stigmas that existed in the past regarding men engaging in traditionally female roles were also addressed.
During her intervention, the Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality, Rebecca Buttigieg, emphasized that the need for a balance between work and family life is more crucial than ever. She stated that this is essential because the female participation rate in the economy for women between the ages of fifteen and sixty-four is over 72%, according to statistics released by the NSO, which is higher than the European average.
“The concept of work-life balance and the division of responsibilities between men and women within the family unit is now more important than ever. The government has introduced a series of family-friendly measures to promote work-life balance for employees.”
Among them are maternity and paternity leave, flexible hours, reduced hours, and teleworking. These measures address the challenges that arise in achieving a proper work-life balance for fathers and mothers. In this way, we can truly strive for equality in society,” said Parliamentary Secretary Buttigieg.
During this conference, there were also several representatives from non-governmental organizations, including representatives from the Malta Mothers Association, workers’ union representatives, and business owners.